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Mirroring objects

From: InDesign CS5 Essential Training

Video: Mirroring objects

While flip-flopping isn't such a good thing in politics, it can be a great thing in page layout especially when pictures are facing the wrong direction. There are several ways to flip or mirror an object. I am going to work on this image down here and I am going to move it up to this blank area so we can see it a little bit better and zoom in to 200% with Command+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows. Now, I am going to hide my guides so I am not distracted by them by pressing W to go into preview Mode. And why don't we take this rotation off of here so we are not distracted by that? I'll change the rotation to 0 degrees.

Mirroring objects

While flip-flopping isn't such a good thing in politics, it can be a great thing in page layout especially when pictures are facing the wrong direction. There are several ways to flip or mirror an object. I am going to work on this image down here and I am going to move it up to this blank area so we can see it a little bit better and zoom in to 200% with Command+2 or Ctrl+2 on Windows. Now, I am going to hide my guides so I am not distracted by them by pressing W to go into preview Mode. And why don't we take this rotation off of here so we are not distracted by that? I'll change the rotation to 0 degrees.

Now, this looks great except that my art director told me that the boy should be on the right side of the girl, not the left. This is easy to do by clicking on this Mirror button which mirrors it across the vertical axis. Now the boys on the right side. Looking pretty good. I could also flip this upside down by clicking this button here but before I do, I want to make sure I pay attention to the reference point icon on the left side of the Control panel. Whichever point is highlighted is going to be the one that stays stationary and the rest of the image is going to mirror around that.

So if I flip this upside down now it's going to mirror around the bottom of that image. I'll click that and you can see it flipped right over but the bottom point stayed stationary. I will undo that with a Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on Windows and bring it back to where it was. Now there is something else I want to point out up here in the Control panel and that is this backward P. That is a great indicator that tells me that something has changed about this image. Because if you gave me this document and you had flipped it over, I would have a hard time telling that this was a mirrored image.

All I need to do is select it on the page and I see that P and I think aha, they mirrored that. So it's a little alert to me that I need to pay attention to. Now, I would like to show you an example of one on the way that you might want to use the mirror feature. I'll zoom back a little bit just a little bit with the Command+Minus and let's pan up with Option+Spacebar or Alt+ Spacebar+Drag and I would like to make a reflection underneath this image. To do that I am going to turn off the white border that happens to be on this image, which will set the stroke to none, and I am also going to turn off the Drop Shadow.

Otherwise that will be very distracting and get in the way of my other effect. Next, I am going to make this graphic frame a little bit less tall. I am going to bring it up to her feet so we can see their feet and their legs in the reflection. That will be a little bit easier to see. Next, I am going to mirror this but I need to mirror a duplicate of it and the shortcut to doing that is to hold on the Option key or the Alt key while clicking on the Mirror button. There we go. It duplicated it and flipped it over. I don't need to see that whole thing so I might as well bring that down a little bit and I'm also going to scale it down a little bit by holding down the Command key on the Mac or Ctrl key on Windows and just scale it down.

That kind of squishes it in a little bit. Now I am getting the idea of the reflection here but I need it to fade out to nothing. To make something fade out to nothing, I need to feather it. And the easiest way to do that is to use the Feather tool. I'll click at the top, drag down, and when I let go over the mouse button you'll see that the image fades away to transparency. That's looking pretty good but it's a little bit too strong so I think I'll select it with the Selection tool go to the Effects panel and change the opacity to something smaller, maybe 30%.

Now, when I deselect everything and zoom back, you can see that I've got a pretty good reflection effect based on the whole idea of mirroring that image over. I love that I can do this kind of creative effects right on my InDesign page instead of relying on other programs. It's amazing!

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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David Blatner
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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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